No overall winners in battle for power at Poole Council

AUTHORITY: The council offices

LEADER: Cllr Elaine Atkinson

ADMINISTRATION: Cllr Mike Brooke

CONCERN: Borough of Poole chief executive John McBride

CONSENSUS: Cllr Mark Howell

First published in News by

POOLE Council is to remain hung with the Conservative group continuing to form a minority administration.

This follows two days of talks and a motion of confidence in Borough of Poole leader, Cllr Elaine Atkinson, proposed by two members of her own party, which was withdrawn at a full meeting of the council.

Following the decision of Parkstone ward member Cllr Sally Carpenter, to walk across the floor from the Conservative group to join Poole People, the council has 20 Conservatives, 18 Liberal Democrats and 4 Poole People members.

Cllr Atkinson, who continues as leader, said: “The council has operated successfully with no overall control for the last 18 months. Following talks with the other political groups I am pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement which will enable us to move forward at a time of significant financial challenge for the council.”

She said: “We will work together with members of the other political groups for the benefit of the people of Poole.”

Cllr Mike Brooke, leader of the Liberal Democrat group said they would be continuing with their opposition role. “There is no coalition in Poole,” he said.

“There are issues and policies that we can agree on and we can take these forward without any problem at all. Equally there are issues we will need to debate and if at the end of the day we can’t agree on a way forward we will have to see what the balances are as a result of that disagreement.”

John McBride, chief executive said the council’s budget was the main concern, and they were currently £1.3million short of balancing the books. Unprecedentedly the last budget was agreed unanimously.

“We have already discussed how we get as much agreement as possible on the areas that really matter to Poole,” he said.

Poole People leader Cllr Mark Howell said: “”We will try to campaign for a consensus approach to government in Poole and true to persuade both parties that’s the way forward and to have a mixed administration.

“We still say the current administration isn’t showing the vision that’s necessary to take Poole through these times,” he said.

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10:38am Sun 23 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

Pathetic the lot of them,when councillors get in on a party ticket,and then change sides,how can they be trusted.Mark Howell has such a big opinion of himself,despite a lack of knowledge and experience.
Pathetic the lot of them,when councillors get in on a party ticket,and then change sides,how can they be trusted.Mark Howell has such a big opinion of himself,despite a lack of knowledge and experience. pete woodley
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11:05am Sun 23 Dec 12

bourne free says...

pete woodley wrote:
Pathetic the lot of them,when councillors get in on a party ticket,and then change sides,how can they be trusted.Mark Howell has such a big opinion of himself,despite a lack of knowledge and experience.
That all sounds very cosy , more like the council christmas party ?
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Pathetic the lot of them,when councillors get in on a party ticket,and then change sides,how can they be trusted.Mark Howell has such a big opinion of himself,despite a lack of knowledge and experience.[/p][/quote]That all sounds very cosy , more like the council christmas party ? bourne free
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11:14am Sun 23 Dec 12

l'anglais says...

pete woodley wrote:
Pathetic the lot of them,when councillors get in on a party ticket,and then change sides,how can they be trusted.Mark Howell has such a big opinion of himself,despite a lack of knowledge and experience.
I think it's known as power for power's sake.
And they called the Politburo undemocratic.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Pathetic the lot of them,when councillors get in on a party ticket,and then change sides,how can they be trusted.Mark Howell has such a big opinion of himself,despite a lack of knowledge and experience.[/p][/quote]I think it's known as power for power's sake. And they called the Politburo undemocratic. l'anglais
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11:28am Sun 23 Dec 12

Jetwasher says...

The muppet show !
The muppet show ! Jetwasher
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12:18pm Sun 23 Dec 12

boyerboy says...

Oh come on, they are playing nicely..............
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Oh come on, they are playing nicely.............. ......... boyerboy
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12:29pm Sun 23 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

boyerboy wrote:
Oh come on, they are playing nicely..............

.........
And getting well paid for playing.
[quote][p][bold]boyerboy[/bold] wrote: Oh come on, they are playing nicely.............. .........[/p][/quote]And getting well paid for playing. pete woodley
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1:01pm Sun 23 Dec 12

muscliffman says...

What is the fuss, we will never know how many of them are really supporters of political parties whose colours they did not display when standing for office.

The rules should be changed to compel an election when any politician (local or national) changes sides after obtaining power - effectively by public deception.

But how many just keep quiet about their true beliefs in order to retain a seat on the oversized gravy train?

New rules, new single 'City', much smaller gravy train - we are waiting.
What is the fuss, we will never know how many of them are really supporters of political parties whose colours they did not display when standing for office. The rules should be changed to compel an election when any politician (local or national) changes sides after obtaining power - effectively by public deception. But how many just keep quiet about their true beliefs in order to retain a seat on the oversized gravy train? New rules, new single 'City', much smaller gravy train - we are waiting. muscliffman
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1:38pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Tripod says...

So, at a time when services are being cut, this bunch of muppets waste yet more public Time and Money on Petty power battles... Hmmm, A Hung Council, that does sound like a good idea!
So, at a time when services are being cut, this bunch of muppets waste yet more public Time and Money on Petty power battles... Hmmm, A Hung Council, that does sound like a good idea! Tripod
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5:31pm Sun 23 Dec 12

MJD says...

No Christmas cheer there then. Only more doom and gloom for us all, also more money wasting.
No Christmas cheer there then. Only more doom and gloom for us all, also more money wasting. MJD
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5:32pm Sun 23 Dec 12

portia6 says...

Power to the people!
Power to the people! portia6
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5:48pm Sun 23 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

Power to the masons, more like it.
Power to the masons, more like it. pete woodley
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8:44pm Sun 23 Dec 12

crystallady says...

Muppets - the lot of them
Muppets - the lot of them crystallady
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12:17pm Mon 24 Dec 12

paul.p says...

To be or not to be that is the question...
To be or not to be that is the question... paul.p
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8:56pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Hobad1 says...

"John McBride, chief executive said the council’s budget was the main concern, and they were currently £1.3million short of balancing the books"....how many service units heads is that then John to balance the books...maybe 100 staff....but how many service units heads ?? 6, 7 ? Be nice to know the answer.....be nice to hear you talk to the real public....never happen though will it whilst you and your posse are earning a fortune for doing extremely little. Reply if you like so the people of poole can see your justificiation for huge salaries......i'm not holding my breath though.
"John McBride, chief executive said the council’s budget was the main concern, and they were currently £1.3million short of balancing the books"....how many service units heads is that then John to balance the books...maybe 100 staff....but how many service units heads ?? 6, 7 ? Be nice to know the answer.....be nice to hear you talk to the real public....never happen though will it whilst you and your posse are earning a fortune for doing extremely little. Reply if you like so the people of poole can see your justificiation for huge salaries......i'm not holding my breath though. Hobad1
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